ALEXANDER MARSHALL

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'The Sword Sundergost: from the fertile mind of Alexander Marshall comes a complex world of Gods, legends, dragons, ancient evil and unlikely heroes. This epic trilogy is guaranteed to pull you in and leave you wanting more of Marshall’s complex world. I can already hear fans calling for another trilogy! Once you’ve found Ryna, Arime and the lovable Nawn, they will find a place in your heart. I predict that in years to come, The Sword Sundergost will be hailed as a classic.' -David Bowmore, author of The Magic of Deben Market

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THE MISTRESS OF TARA: Book One of The Sword SundergostRyna is born to greatness, but she doesn't know it. When a giant warrior arrives in the kingdom of Restonia, bringing with him horrifying evil, her life is about to change. Sundergost the Golden, Dragon's Bane, awaits - but her destiny leads elsewhither, all the way to the dark island of Wormstone, to the peril of all who live in the wide realms of Gandria. The fate of the world will depend on whether Ryna ever finds out who she really is...

5.0 out of 5 stars

The First book of the Sundergost Trilogy

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 October 2021

 

 

THE MISTRESS OF TARA

The first book of Alexander Marshall’s fantasy trilogy; The Sword Sundergost.

An excellent story focusing on Ryna, a brash and adventurous orphan who through a bit of luck (or perhaps bad luck), bravery and determination becomes the ruler of Tara.

Unsure of her heritage she sets out to explore the world with a band of heroes who attempt to cleanse the land of Gandria of the evil Reavers.

But the seeds of a deeper evil are only just beginning to surface.

Told in the first person, I found myself deeply involved with the main character.

Highly recommended for fans of Tolkien and C.S Lewis

Excellent story.

THE CHILDREN OF TARA: Book Two of The Sword Sundergost

The Children of Tara: Syra the fiery-haired, full of passion but poisoned by evil; and Arime, naive and impulsive, driven by youth. Into their world steps Tarazion, a mighty Herald of Raendu, bringing the answers to secrets they didn't know they possessed. And deep under the earth, the legendary Sword Sundergost calls, destined to change the whole of Gandria. Realms will rise or fall based on the decisions made by these children - and in the East awaits the greatest challenge of all...

5.0 out of 5 stars

A Dark Road to Enlightenment

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 October 2021

 

CHILDREN OF TARA

The second book in Alexander Marshall’s fantasy trilogy; The Sword Sundergost.

The darkest of the trilogy, Children of Tara continues the story with one of Ryna’s Children, Arime. A sensitive young man soon thrown into the darker (literally) events as he seeks the path to find the answer to destroying the evil which is destroying the kingdom.

A good proportion of the story taking part under the ground where dragons live in self-imposed exile. You would have thought that it would be difficult to have an adventure in the dark, but Marshall does an excellent job of raising the fear factor, tension and sense of total smallness in the world.

We do have a massive cliff-hanger at the end of the story that is more than a little dark, but I suppose The Empire Strikes Back had a dark ending too.

It most definatly leaves you wanting to read the next book.

I was impressed with the way Arime grows up. Marshall got inside the mind of an irritating child, put him through hardships and he emerged into the light as a brooding, thoughtful leader.

Another excellent reading experience for fans of Tolkien and C.S Lewis.

WORMSTONE: Book Three of The Sword Sundergost

Wormstone: the Citadel of the Four Winds conceals a living darkness which threatens to give Dare-kor, leader of the Morndred, power over the souls of all who dwell in Gandria. Long has been the reach of the Hooded Man, stealing even the bride of the High King, leaving him wandering witless in wild places. But the great Golden Blade, the Sword Sundergost, makes its way under the earth to the final confrontation with what lies beneath Wormstone, as the Song of Valkurn predicted,
The Great Worm groaned, Great will be the deeds
Of this Sword, and it will serve with strength
The sovereignty of men, even thy
Line of long-awaited lords in time—
But its greatest deed will be in the
Service of Dragons...

5.0 out of 5 stars

A Fantastic conclusion to the Sundergost Trilogy

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 October 2021

 

WORMSTONE

The third book in Alexander Marshall’s fantasy trilogy; The Sword Sundergost.

This book is told from the point of view of Nawn, a humble man who proves to be a loyal friend and companion to the traumatised Arime. As the story progresses, he truly steps up to the plate as a hero of the people. But he never loses his charm. He's an endearing character.

The two travel to Wormstone and face the true evil behind the Reavers and their leaders in a terrible showdown.

I can't imagine the amount of work that has gone into all this over the years.

With notes and appendices about the history and creation of Gandria towards the end; Lineages stretching back thousands of years, complex allegiances and gods, one realises this is world building on a grand scale.

A highly recommended, total joy to read.

I predict that in years to come, The Sword Sundergost trilogy will be hailed as a classic.

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